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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
North Salem, NY 10560
Monday, November 24, 2014
As 2014 winds down I start to think about all the incredible bars and restaurants I've enjoyed over the past year and surprisingly one of my favorites from 2013 keeps on popping up in my head- Paulie Gee's. This Greenpoint pizzeria is simply amazing. The puffy chewy crust, the fresh herbs and incredible toppings...here's some glamour shots from our last visit. When I look at this picture all I think is YES, YES, YES!!!
This is the Hell Boy and it my be my favorite pizza in the world. Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, sopresetta piccante and parmigiana reggiano all drizzled with Mike's Hot Honey. It's spicy and sweet...one piece is never enough. I truly think I could eat this whole pie if no one was looking.
Mr. T likes the Ricotta Be Kiddin' Me made with Canadian bacon, sweet Italian fennel sausage, fresh basil and dollops of ricotta. You really can't go wrong with any of the pies here...Paulie Gee's is where its at.
60 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Friday, November 21, 2014
Today's beer comes from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, a tiny brewery located just south of Santa Cruz. SARA specializes in Belgian ales, usually aged in some sort of wine barrel with various yeast and bacteria. I was lucky enough to try out Brackish, a Dark Farmhouse Ale brewed with grains of paradise and sea salt.
Brackish has a spicy herbal aroma with lots of dark berries, lemon zest and black pepper. The taste is just crazy...it's salty like a Gose but with tart berries, oak, chocolate and roasted malts. This is one of those beers where each sip brings out a new flavor. I absolutely LOVED this beer. Unfortunately it's only been brewed once so if you get a chance to try this beauty enjoy it to the fullest because you probably won't see it again- Cheers!
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Ever since Nancy Olson left as Gramercy Tavern's pastry chef, I feel the need to stop in once in a while and ensure that things are still running smoothly. This springy Chocolate Cake with Concord Compote, Buckwheat and Toasted Almond Ice Cream is a clear indication that things are on track...
....paired with a creamy Founders Porter for extra dessert bliss :)
42 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
November is always a big month for beer drinking. Between Thanksgiving, the heart of football season and just the fact that it's dark at 5:00; these are all good reasons to settle into a nice frothy beverage. Plus it's the month three of my favorite places have incredible events going on:
Blind Tiger- VSK
Tomorrow is Blind Tigers annual Very Special Keg where they ransack the cellar for some incredibly rare and tasty treats. I've been coming to this bar for over 12 years now and can tell you that this is one hell of an event. The list this year includes Cantillon Iris, Founders KBS, Hill Farmstead Anna and Firestone Walker Parabola just to name a few. Plus there's always a surprise or two waiting in the wings. Just beware if your not a big fan of crowds then you may want to sit this one out and come say hello to the wonderful Tiger family another day.
One Mile House- 3rd Anniversary
It's hard for me to believe that One Mile House is only 3 years old. I feel like I've been coming to this bar all my life! They have great food, wonderful staff and always a fantastic beer list. Thursday's line up includes Westbrook Mexican Cake, Omnipollo Nebachunezzer and a whole slew of hard to find locals like Sixpoint Barrel Aged 3 Beans and Finback Barrel Aged BQE. Come out and say congratulations to Gerard and the crew!
Hops Hill- Imperial Stout Night
It may be one of the newest craft beer bars in Brooklyn but this cozy place already has a steady following of loyal customers due to a great beer selection and knowledgeable bar staff. The draft list for Imperial Stout night is still coming together but so far it's looking pretty phenomenal. If you needed an excuse to check this new place out here it is:
- Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale
- Prairie Bomb
- Prairie Christmas Bomb
- Oskar Blues TenFidy
- Two Roads Unorthodox Russian Imperial Stout
- Evil Twin Doughnut Break
- Captain Lawrence Frost Monster Imperial Stout
- Off Color Dino'Smores
- Barrier Morticia Russian Imperial Stout
Monday, November 17, 2014
The newest restaurant to grace 225 Park Avenue South has finally moved in- Florian. This cafe, trattoria and bar is part of the Fireman Hospitality Group who own Fiorello, Brooklyn Diner and Redye Grill. The space has been completely redone into a sleek, shiny restaurant with an antipasti bar, homemade pastas and an enormous statue of a woman called "Miss Hospitality" behind the bar.
There's little in life more glorious than a fresh mound of burrata but the roasted carrots and green onions added a sweet,smoky flavor that I actually found myself enjoying much more than my usual burrata/prosciutto di parma pairing.
225 Park Avenue South @19th Street
New York, NY 10003
Friday, November 14, 2014
It's time to check out another great beer from Vermont...Anna from Hill Farmstead.
This is a Biere de Miel (honey beer) made with raw wildflower Vermont honey and their house Saison yeast. It's got a thick foamy white head that slowly dissipates leaving a lovely lacing on the glass. There are soft flavors of lemon, honey and citrus with such a dry refreshing finish I could seriously see myself drinking this all day. Hill Farmstead has this on tap around the city right now so try and find yourself a glass while you can.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I'm so excited...one of my favorite shops from the Lower East Side has just opened up a new location right in my neighborhood- Malt & Mold!
This space is slightly larger than the original which means there's even more to love. They have a great selection of bottles including old favorites from Founders, The Bruery and Firestone Walker plus brand new brews to the NYC distribution scene like Logsdon and Almanac. Not to mention beers on draft...
New York, NY
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Blenheim is one of the newest farm-to-table restaurants on the block, taking over the Smorgas Chef space in the West Village. I absolutely loved the decor inside...smooth shiny concrete tabletops, fresh flowers around the room and big windows up front just perfect for people watching.
It was cozy and minimalist; perfect for a pleasing aesthetic but perhaps a bit too one note when it came to food options. The menu is small...really small...with only four entrees.
283 West 12th Street @ West 4th
New York, NY 10014
Monday, November 10, 2014
There are so many reasons to stop by The Pickle Shack in Park Slope...let's start with the drinks. The draft list is always filled with greats from Dogfish Head like the classic 60 Minute IPA to the more elusive Bitches Brew and 120 Minute. The bottle list contains even more gems; my last visit they had both Westbrook Mexican Cake and Alesmith Decadence. Plus a whole slew of incredible food options...all of them vegetarian and all seriously delicious. Like the Breakfast Sandwich made with fresh farm eggs scrambled with aged cheddar, avocado, arugula salad and hot sauce.
Good lord the eggs here are perfect. Softly scrambled with just a sprinkle of herbs layered on top of thick fluffy bread. It's so big you'll require two hands to chow down and don't forget to slather on some of that hot sauce. Not a fan of beer or pickles- no problem! The Pickle Shack has a ton of wine and cider options and just about everything can be ordered sans gherkin (still meat free but also pickle free). It's a great place to grab a quick bite and enjoy the back patio before the chilly winter months arrive.
The Pickle Shack
256 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Friday, November 7, 2014
Danny Meyer's newest darling Marta has been getting a lot of press lately. The wait time for dinner reaches epic proportions so I decided to stop in on an off hour... about 4:55 PM on a Monday. Just about any restaurant in Manhattan would be dead at this hour but Marta was easily over 50% capacity.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
There's only a few places in NYC that just make me feel all happy and cozy inside...like getting a big warm hug. Otto happens to be one of these places. The long marble bar is the perfect spot to dine, the bartenders always seem to know exactly what your in the mood for be a spicy Chianti or a crisp glass of Prosecco.
It's a fantastic medley of creamy, bitter and sweet. Ahhhh Otto....you will always be my happy place.
1 5th Avenue @ 8th Street
New York, NY 10003
Monday, November 3, 2014
The third and final day of the Congress was my absolute favorite. I started outside in the sun at the Southern Pride BBQ tent. Aaron Siegel of Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ was smoking some Chicken Wings with Alabama white sauce.